A New Urgency for Visiting Vanishing Destinations

Great Barrier Reef

As the current U.S. president decimates all progress made over the past decade in climate change prevention and policies promoting environmental sustainability, U.S. adults who have traveled during the past year are beginning to sound the alarm that travel to “vanishing destinations” is more important than ever, to be done now before it is too late. Read more »

Treetop Hotels: Latest Up-Trend in Hospitality

Treehouse resort in Thailand

Keemala – Phuket, Thailand

The latest trend in hospitality can give hotels a lift if they want to tower above the competition. Today’s travelers no longer have their head in the clouds when they dream about renting a room in the trees. Hotels.com cites a trend that saw an increase of 30% in demand for treehouse hotels last year. Read more »

Europe Fast and Slow: Ultima Gstaad in Switzerland and Almanac Hotel Barcelona

Almanac Hotel in Spain

If you are planning a vacation in Europe, a visit to Switzerland in summer or winter can turn into a vacation of perfection with a stay at the precious new Ultima Hotel in Gstaad, which opened in December. Take in the shades of the Bernese Alps in glistening whites or calming greens from your terrace in one of 17 suites and residences to be found at this complex of luxury chalets. There is no best time to visit Switzerland. Gstaad is open all year and each season has its reason.

For those vacationing in Europe this summer a new exciting option for vacations in Spain may be the Almanac Hotel Barcelona, which will be Barcelona’s latest luxury hotel when it opens in July. And its location, in Barcelona’s city center, could not be more inviting. The new 91-room property along Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes is practically within throwing distance of some of Barcelona’s top iconic draws. READ MORE …

Cruise Cents: Survey Reveals Where Savings Are

MSC SHIP

MSC Cruises is introducing two brand new ships this year:  MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside (pictured above).

After an extensive study focused on cruise price monitoring across the cruise lines an industry watchdog site has found where the spikes and dips on cabin rates can be found.

Cruisewatch.com monitored stable average prices for interior cabins and price reductions between 6% for balcony cabins and up to 10% for oceanview staterooms. However, the study also saw an uptick on suites on most cruise lines. Read more »

10 Crazy Summer Adventures in Colorado

camping cliffs in colorado

Cliff Camping in Estes Park

Colorado’s rugged terrain and outdoor beauty bring more than a few over the top possibilities to mind when it comes to creating wild and crazy mountain adventures for summer 2017. Here are our top 10 favorites for those vacationers who want to get off the track, if not off the grid, and have some fun. Read more »

Summer of Love Packages Draw Dreamers to SF

 

San Francisco is celebrating an anniversary in style. It’s the half-century mark for the Summer of Love – the 1967 counterculture phenomenon that drew nearly 100,000 young people to the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. So the city is once again bringing on the dreamers and hoping they’ll find plenty of reasons to put flowers in their hair. Read more »